Making a trip to Phuket without trying its seafood is
like not having been toPhuket at all. Phuket is famous
for its plentiful fishes, crabs, squids, oysters, and
especially, prawns and lobsters, which are delicious and
fresh from the Andaman Sea. However they are cooked --
grilled, fried, sauteed, baked, roasted or steamed --
and whether they are in the Thai, Chinese, or Western
style, the dishes you order will come out palatable and
Seafood restaurants are available in Phuket
town, Chalong Bay, beach fronts of Patong, Rawai, Kata,
etc., and also in big tourist hotels. Though seafood
restaurants in general charge reasonable prices, some
classy ones on major beaches serve seafood dishes with
high international standard cooking, services and prices.
Chinese food is served in restaurants and first-class
hotels in Phuket town, and Patong Beach. Anyway, a wide
choice of delicious 'genuine' Chinese dishes are available
at Royal Kitchen, Royal Paradise Hotel.
Most first and second class hotels in Phuket
serve a variety of European food. For more authentic dishes,
you can try the nationality restaurants scattered along
those touristy beaches and some located in the leading
Enjoy A La Carte Menu, inspired by some of the greatest
in culinary culture from the Mediterranean region.
Phuket has plenty of restaurants with various kinds
of food to satisfy all tourists' tastes. Western and
Chinese foods are available in tourist hotels and along
some leading beaches, while local food, which is a fine
blend of Thai, Malay and Chinese, can be found everywhere.
However, local food restaurants and shops are available
in larger quantity and at lower prices in Phuket town
than at the beaches. Food stalls which sell a wide range
of local food are available everywhere -- along the
beach front, on the roadside or at the markets.
Phuket has a number of special local dishes which are
different from those of other parts of Thailand and visitors
should not miss trying. Here are some of them.
Khanom Chin is Thai rice noodles normally eaten with
curry soup made from minced fish or shrimps. Though it
is available in any part of Thailand, khanom chin of Phuket
has a richer flavour and is served with a greater variety
and amount of fresh and preserved vegetables. It is also
delicious when taken with beef curry or chicken curry.
It is a typical breakfast for the local people.
There are two styles of fried noodles which Phuket is
proud to offer. One is mi hokkian or mi hun
(Amoy noodles) which is fried with fresh shrimps,
pork, shellfish and green cabbage. The other, originating
in Sapam Village, is mi sapam with seafood and
gravy on top.
Ho Mok is steamed curried fish (or crab or other seafood)
with vegetables held in a banana leaf or foil container.
It should be eaten with steamed rice.
When talking about Thai curry, foreigners will probably
think of chicken or beef curry only. If you are in Phuket,
why not try Phuket's kaeng luang (sour curry
with fish and vegetables), a popular southern curry
with a peculiar taste.
Namphrik Kung Siap
It is Phuket style hot shrimp paste sauce with sweetened
crisp shrimps, eaten with fresh vegetables.
This is a small kind of moon cakes and a speciality
of Phuket which tourists popularly buy and take home.
Pineapples of Phuket are sweet, juicy, not so soft and
The cashew nut is a famous local product of Phuket.
It is used to make various kinds of delicious snacks,
for example, roasted cashew nuts with salt, cashew nuts
fried with garlic, cashew nuts coated with chocolate
and honeyed cashew nut brittle.